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  • Ben Gracewood,

    KiwiFoo is just brilliant. I can feel the enthusiasm and cognition bubbling over from the event through the 'tubes (via Twitter and blogs), and I wasn't even there!

    This is why New Zealand isn't fucked. Great work Nat, Russell, and everyone involved.

    Orkland • Since Nov 2006 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole,

    On s92, how can I set my gravatar to be black?

    The pit from whence crawl… • Since Mar 2007 • 3909 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole,

    Scratch that, figured it out :)

    The pit from whence crawl… • Since Mar 2007 • 3909 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    You'll notice that my gravatar has changed. It's black.

    This is part of a mass protest about the impending coming into force of Section 92(A) of the Copyright Act, which requires ISPs (that definition is very wide indeed) to show plans to terminate the internet access of any customers accused of copyright infringement.

    You can change yours by going to Gravatar and logging in.

    To get a black gravatar image, you can right-click and download this file.

    Don't fret about changing it. Your existing image will stay on Gravatar and you can change back later. Also, don't fret if Gravatar asks you for a nickname. You'll get that message if you haven't logged in since they added a nickname field to registration. Just think of a name -- it won't affect the name that appears as part of your PA System registration.

    It appears that a reasonable approach on the part of the copyright lobby is not on the cards.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18961 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Oh, and if you don't see your sexy black new gravatar, you'll want to empty your browser cache and try again.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18961 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    Hmmm, not seeing a change here on your gravatar, Russ. Still the orange microphone to me

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Hmmm, not seeing a change here on your gravatar, Russ. Still the orange microphone to me

    Empty cache?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18961 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    Oh, and the gravatar link you posted doesn't work, sorry

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    Yeah, did (Camino on leopard)
    I'll try another browser

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Don Christie,

    Still the orange microphone to me

    Oh, I thought that was his chin...

    Foo, great. Many many thanks to the organisers. My only problem was that I was (on Friday at least) a bit too frazzled/late to communicate. Met some of the PA writers I had not met before and was barely able to string a sentence together.

    Also got to meet kotare, a blogger I have admired for some time.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1616 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    Using Safari on Leopard here.... I see Russell's black square.
    Didnt need to empty the cache or anything....

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    Yeah, fine on Safari. I wonder what's up with Camino?

    Hmmm, just clicked on Russ's gravatar link in Safari to see if that worked, and now all the gravatars are back to the previous images! WTF?

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    I'm assuming this protest is aimed at MPs. If so, I really have to wonder how many of them even know what a gravatar is, let alone regularly empty their cache.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    It works on first opening, but refreshing the page seems to reset. I've even tried it on WinXP with IE6 (that I haven't used before so no cache) very very strange...

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Pound,

    ummmmmmmmm, seeing that the powers that be have shown that they absolutely don't care what anyone else thinks by ramming this through against all reasonable protest I wonder if the black avatar approach isn't, ummm, going to be totally and absolutley ignored as well.

    And perhaps laughed at by fat guys with white cats on their laps.

    How about some online civil disobedience. Like an updated sit-in.

    Choose a series of targets then run sit-ins against them to draw attention to the unjust and unreasonable draconian law.

    A denial of service attack is a pretty good updated sit-in.

    MFAK • Since Nov 2006 • 20 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    Heh. Russell entered link data the wrong way round.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1096 posts Report Reply

  • Don Christie,

    S92 - I know more is coming. But we have been told all along by MED that a code of practice will be agreed between ISPs and the recording industry and that this is an important part of how the legislation will be applied in practice. Now it looks like there will be no CoP agreed to by RIANZ.

    So, are we left was an ass?

    And, is anyone else thinking maybe MED need to be held to account?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1616 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Heh. Russell entered link data the wrong way round.

    Uh? The link to the black gravatar file works fine for me.

    Is something else broken?

    Update: Oh. Duh. The link to Gravatar was broken. Fixed now.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18961 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    Weird. The only thread I've been getting it to stick on is the copyright thread

    Does PA have a cache of its own that might be affecting this?

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Don, don't worry you weren't alone - I just accepted after a while that there were far too many interesting and brilliant folk to keep up with in such a short time. Great to put faces to names, including yours, but now I am knackered.

    I can verify the gleam in Emma's eyes after her killfest (and the red wine completed the look). Fantastic to spend time with her and others after so long online. Several of us had a great little aspie coalition going by the second night, and the whisky sharing was most enjoyable.

    I am still overflowing with gratitude at being able to meet with influential and amazing people in such a low key and friendly space. As organisers, Russell, Nat and Jenine are taonga, and so are the attendees. The audience for the debate voted overwhelmingly in favour of "not fucked", by the way, and I came away with considerable hope.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16754 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    No the ling to gravatar.com comes up with http:// www. publicaddress. net/system/Gravatar (I put spaces in so it will display as text) and gives a 404

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    Yeah, the gravatar link. I have it as better now.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1096 posts Report Reply

  • Idiot Savant,

    This is part of a mass protest about the impending coming into force of Section 92(A) of the Copyright Act, which requires ISPs (that definition is very wide indeed) to show plans to terminate the internet access of any customers accused of copyright infringement.

    Somehow, i think getting ISPs to shut off the internet for a day would be more effective.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1646 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    Aha! PA does have an edit button. It's just that Russell refuses to let us use it and saves it for himself (thinks evil thoughts)

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Hmmm. My black gravatar ain't showing on Twitter.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18961 posts Report Reply

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